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Allergy App on Horizon!

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Italian scientists have developed a new way to help individuals with food allergies. The International Fund for Advanced Research in Allergy and Immunology (ONLUS) and Allergy Data Laboratories recently introduced their application for Smartphones in Rome. When implemented, this application will enable patients to read food labels and access a database containing information about the product’s ingredients and possible presence of allergens.

 

Currently, the database contains 15,000 products, or about 10 percent. According to Adriano Mari from Rome’s Centre of Molecular Allergology at the Institute for Hospitalization and Scientific Care (IDI-IRCSS), the system will be efficient if it covers 80 percent of products. At this developmental stage, the project is looking to companies for increased collaboration and transparency in working towards more “intelligent” labeling. Check out this article for more details.